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Language Criteria for referral to Language Support Service

A distinction is made between children who have speech & language difficulties in association with other developmental conditions, and those whose development in other areas is broadly typical for their age but whose speech and language is not, (an exception would be where there were blurred areas around receptive language and the milder end of the autistic spectrum). The latter group is sometimes referred to as having 'specific' speech and language difficulties.

Our service provides for children with specific speech and language difficulties but the principles of collaborative working apply to all children and the ideas for support may also be appropriate for children who have a range of developmental needs.

The need for our support will depend on the severity, complexity and persistence of the difficulties.

The potential benefits of early referral are significant.